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Rolling the dice on parental leave a dangerous game

Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Kevin Fisher and Reshma Kishnani

It is hard to fathom that employers still do not seem to be fully aware of their obligations to employees on parental leave or returning from parental leave. Over the past several years we have seen a dramatic increase in employees being wrongfully terminated contrary to federal and provincial legislation intended to protect their employment during leave.

The Canada Labour Code (CLC) (s. 209.1) and Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) (s. 53), as well as other similar provincial statutes, provide that an employee who has taken...